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December 11, 2007 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed a complaint against a federal judge who awarded more than $4.8 million in judgments and fees to people with whom he had long-standing political and business ties. U.S. District Judge James C. Mahan of Las Vegas, who was featured in a 2006 Los Angeles Times investigation into the Nevada judiciary, was cleared of allegations that he had personal connections with those involved in cases he heard.
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December 9, 2007 | Jen Leo, Special to The Times
If you've never spent a winter in Las Vegas, you'd think that the only time it got cold was when you were standing directly under an air vent. Yet there really is a time when travelers can bring a jacket to Vegas and wear it -- outside. Would you expect it to be at a frozen lake in the desert though? Vegas can be over-the-top weird, but come on, a frozen pond?
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December 2, 2007 | Lark Ellen Gould, Special to The Times
On New Year's Eve, Vegas is on fire, crammed with crowds dressed in just about anything, in a scene that may be eclipsing the great ball drop in Times Square as the place to be when the year turns over. But Vegas at New Year's is not for spontaneous celebrants. Restaurants are full, rooms are reserved, flights are packed, traffic is gridlocked, logistics are complicated and mad crushes of partying patrons flow like seawater through the Titanic.
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November 19, 2007 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
Dale Wageman is the kind of barfly this city's taverns are desperate to woo. He likes to settle onto a bar stool each Saturday, glue himself to college football on the tube, and polish off beers. But to win him, Vegas bartenders must contend with his drinking buddy: a pack of USA Gold cigarettes. A law voters approved a year ago has outlawed smoking in many business that sell food, including a number of bars and taverns. It drove Wageman to abandon his favorite watering hole.
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November 15, 2007 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
O.J. Simpson will stand trial on kidnapping, armed robbery and other felony charges stemming from a purported attempt to recover his sports memorabilia, a justice of the peace ruled Wednesday. The former NFL running back, who has been a tabloid mainstay since being acquitted of murder more than a decade ago, and two codefendants each face 12 charges. If convicted on all counts, they could be sentenced to life in prison.
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November 14, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The New Frontier casino-hotel was imploded early Tuesday in a violent end to the second property to open on the Strip and the scene of Elvis Presley's Las Vegas debut. Over 1,000 pounds of explosives felled the 16-story hotel tower as reporters and bystanders watched. An $8-billion resort bearing the Plaza brand will rise in its place and is set to open in 2011.
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November 10, 2007 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
O.J. Simpson might have been unaware that guns were used during an alleged robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers, according to testimony Friday by those who took part in the incident at the Palace Station Hotel & Casino. The former NFL star has said repeatedly that no one involved in the attempt to recover property he said was stolen from him pulled out a weapon.
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November 8, 2007
The days when you could spend a Saturday night easily flitting between venues on the Strip are a fading memory. Whether it's a spin through an overpriced megaclub, walking along the tiny, congested sidewalks and standing in endless lines everywhere, crowds (lovingly dubbed "meanderthals") will hinder you no matter where you go. If you weren't a misanthrope before your trip, you will be after. A few survival tips: THE MONORAIL IS YOUR FRIEND. It's a godsend -- cheap and fast.
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November 3, 2007 | Greg Krikorian and Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writers
Weeks before O.J. Simpson's highly publicized arrest on charges that he barged, armed, into a Las Vegas hotel room, the FBI was told the former football star might try to retrieve sports memorabilia he believed had been stolen from him, authorities said Friday.
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October 28, 2007 | Jay Jones, Special to The Times
Eric Sanders is a couch potato's dream. "Get paid to watch TV," Sanders tells visitors outside the Test America Preview Studios at the Miracle Mile Shops. "Ten dollars or free wax-museum tickets!" he continues. All Sanders and his fellow recruiters ask in return is about an hour of a visitor's time and his or her opinions.
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